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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp, Jack Albertson
  • Directors: Mel Stuart, Tim Burton
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2008
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00178HFY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two film versions of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel collected together in one set. In 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (1971), directed by Mel Stuart, young Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) wins one of the coveted 'Golden Tickets' from a Wonka Bar that allows its holder to take a trip around the eccentric Willy Wonka's (Gene Wilder) Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the rest of the winners find themselves in a magical world of chocolate rivers, Oompa Loompas, everlasting gobstoppers, lickable wall-paper, golden egg-laying geese and chilling tales to warn children not to misbehave. Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay from his own book. In Tim Burton's expansive remake, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (2005), Freddie Highmore plays Charlie, whilst Johnny Depp takes on the role of Wonka.

Synopsis

A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious andmagical chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Phil Smith on 15 Feb. 2010
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I recall the earlier version with Gene Wilder from my youth although I never saw the film from start to finish for some reason. Having done so I have to say the whole thing really worked very well. The characters were nicely portrayed and Gene Wilder's version of Willy Wonka was like a mad professor. Considering it was 1971 made this had loads of colour and the action sequences or special effects were pretty good for the time.

I never saw the Johnny Depp version until now and it is (typically for a Tim Burton release) a darker piece of film but no less brilliant than it's predecessor. Depp's portrayal is much more sinister in places and there is a more rounded story of Wonka's family past (replaced in the Wilder film it seems by the gas-y drink scene). Truer to the book, too, this had it's own brilliance compared to the 1971 film even if the soundtrack occasionally overpowered the dialogue.

If Dahl's most notorious children's book was a good read then watching both of these films is a must, even if just to compare the interpretations over the 35 years gap between each being made. Great family films, both and very entertaining for a light afternoon film session. Very enjoyable and recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Isobel M. Mackenzie on 25 Nov. 2009
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My Roald Dahl obsessed son (aged 9)loves this double DVD set.
It is interesting to compare the old and new versions, the later being much closer to the book! Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By infonet on 9 Nov. 2010
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There is no greater companion to this brilliant moral tale than Gene Wilder. The invention and skill that went to make Willy Wonka is worth every penny and then as a bonus you get Charlie and the Chocolate factory which has it's own share to add to Roald Dahl's story. You will not be dissapointed, there is plenty for children and adults and the songs of Willy Wonka will stay with you like they have with me. For a long time....!

Reviewed by Julian Aged 48 and not counting.I saw it at the cinema when it came out!I was a child then and apparently still am!
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2012
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Most people would agree that remakes are usually worse than the originals. Alfie and The Italian Job are cases in point. Both those and this Tim Burton's re-imagined revamp of the 1971 Gene Wilder classic 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' are not mere remakes but different films entirely, with just the basic plot-line that's constant.

They are, too, of course, for different generations, with stars indelibly stamped for that age group. When I, as a mere lad, lapped up Gene Wilder, I had no idea who he was except for being Mr Willy Wonka himself. That's how kids see things and Johnny Depp, likewise, is Willy Wonka for the noughties.

Now to the box-set, well, the 2 disc set to describe it more accurately, in mine, the DVD case came in an outer card sleeve , with the discs inside held on either side. There was no booklet or any insert. Extras, according to the back of the case are almost none, which will not please some. In Willy Wonka, you do get the film in French and Dutch as well, hearing impaired for English and Italian viewers and subtitles in 9 various other languages. Charlie And..., however doesn't have any subtitles except for English hard of hearing and Audio Descripted and Dobly surround sound. I'm not into DVD extras, so have simply copied the above from the case, I haven't tried any.

Is it worth buying? Well, you can get the two films separately for less, especially second hand. But, it's always nice to get two such movies together in one neat box, whether you're a parent who wants to keep them safe and undamaged or for us older lot who simply enjoys them but want to keep the clutter down. There's also no denying that the set would make a lovely present, whereas two DVDs in separate boxes, much less so.
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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory / Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

This was bought for my daughter as an Easter present & despite the "repeatative" story - each movie surprisingly have their own takes & unique viewpoints.

The classic version has all of those great songs + a classic performance from a loony Gene Wilder!

The updated version excells in scenery & gives more of a backstory to Willy Wonka himself, played admirably as always by long term Tim Burton partner - Johnny Depp.

Also - at Amazon's prices, while buying one film, you might as well buy both!

Highly recommended - especially for an annual Easter showing...

Cheers
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There was at time, an era, a decade, a non-internet generation, a non-obsessive smartphone generation, a non-short attention spam, a generation who loved, marveled and analyzed comedy films that had sublime scripts, intelligent storyline, brilliant acting, amazing film scores and soundtracks, lovely editing, and respected it's audience intellect without simplistic economic/financial cynicism as means of profit and over-multiples of low quality film output of today's madness mania.'Nuff Said.
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A perfect combination. The original film is superbly cast and scripted true to the book but looks dated in the effects department.
The new version is great but a bit too wackey and off true with regards to the book but has brilliant effects.
My 6yo and 4yo love them both and often watch them back to back to compare.
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